Louisiana Gumbo Recipe

Bowl of louisiana gumbo with a ball of rice in the middle. Spoon is scooping up a piece of shrimp.

Gumbo is a melting pot of rich and flavorful stock, the Holy Trinity of vegetables, and a variety of meat. It is hard to classify what makes a truly authentic Louisiana gumbo recipe because there are about as many variations of gumbo as there are

Menu Plan: September 28 – October 2

Two steaks in a cast iron skillet, bathing in butter with rosemary across the top.

I am in full-on fall mode! This week we have comfort food, autumn vegetables, and a pulled pork that is perfect for enjoying during the Thursday night football game! Our week rounds off with a flavorful garlic-rosemary steak. Perfection! Monday, September 28 Kentucky Hot Brown

Famous Food From Kentucky

Derby Pie with nuts sprinkled on side.

Kentucky was the first US state west of the Appalachian mountains. Over the next 150 years, explorers and natives would build what has become a very rich culture in Kentucky. From bourbon to bluegrass, Kentucky has given many gifts to our nation. Our dinner of

Bourbon Chocolate Walnut Pecan Pie

slice of chocolate walnut pecan pie with ice cream on top and caramel drizzled all over.

The title “Bourbon chocolate walnut pecan pie” is a mouthful! But I wanted to include all of what makes this pie so delicious! Warm bourbon, rich chocolate, and wonderful complexity brought by two different nuts in the pie! This bourbon chocolate walnut pecan pie is

Kentucky Hot Brown Recipe

Close up of a Kentucky hot brown sandwich. Two tomatoes on top, and 2 pieces of bacon in a cross pattern.

The Kentucky hot brown is an open-faced sandwich that is the ultimate comfort food. There is a creamy sauce, crispy bacon, and underneath that is a foundation of soft and pillowy bread. This sandwich was invented by the owner of The Brown Hotel in Louisville,

Berry Mint Julep Recipe

3 cups of berry mint juleps on a tray, with mint in the background.

The mint julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. When we had our Kentucky State dinner I wanted to mix things up just a little bit, so we created berry mint juleps. They were so good! The fruit takes away some of the

Menu Plan: September 21-25

Two bowls of Thai cashew chicken with small bowl of cashews

Easy, cozy, and fun! That sums up this week’s menu! Monday, September 21 Loose Meat Sandwich Recipe Kettle Chips Plums Tuesday, September 22 Sheetpan Jerk Pork Nachos Apples Wednesday, September 23 Skillet Chicken Piccata Angel Hair Pasta Asparagus Nectarines Thursday, September 24 Oven Pot Roast

Honey Wheat Bread Recipe

Loaf of wheat bread. Knife and butter resting on one slice.

Honey wheat bread is one of the first recipes that I learned to make. My mom had an electric wheat mill and she would buy giant bags of whole wheat. I have very vivid memories of pouring the wheat into the mill cup by cup,

Famous Food from Kansas

Plate of roast beef with carrots, potatoes & mushrooms. Sunflowers and cookbooks in background.

I was born in Topeka, Kansas, so it was especially exciting for me to put together our dinner of famous food from Kansas. The nostalgia was great, but actually finding authentic Kansas food was a little tricky. My brother says “Kansas is not really a